Manchester has a reputation for being a wet, rainy city. A bit of a slur on our reputation as other places in the UK are far wetter than us. But people expect to get wet when they come here and can be disappointed if they don’t get the full Manchester experience. We don’t do deluges but we do often have a fine rain that’s described as ‘soft’ and the seemingly constant grey skies allow us to have skin that defies our ages. Not for Manchester the leather skin you see on people from hot, dry cities elsewhere in the world.

But I did see these plastic sleeves in HOME today, designed to stop your wet umbrella drip all over the marble floors of this theatre/cinema/gallery complex. Only in Manchester…..

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